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Dear ESL All subscribers
from all around the world,
Have you ever heard of
ESL (English as a Second Language), EFL(English
as a Foreign language) or Business English blogs?
Do you clearly understand what the terms "blog" or "weblog" refer
to? A weblog, which is usually shortened to blog,
is a type of website where entries are made (such
as in a journal or diary) and displayed in a reverse
chronological order. As blogs usually deal with
a specific topic, the ten blogs, which we have
selected for you this month provide commentary,
news and information on English learning and teaching.
A typical blog contains
mostly text, but can also contain images, and links
to other resources and blogs, web pages, and other
media related to the topic under discussion. There
is therefore a lot more to explore at blogsites
than what first meets the eye, which is usually
the last dated textual entry showing at the top
of the homepage.
This month's issue features
blogsites that cover a wide range of topics dealing
with general and business English, topics that
can be useful to both English learners and teachers.
For those who would like to push the exploration
a little further, our last suggested link provides
a collection of close to one hundred other English
learning blogsites available for free on the web .
Do not hesitate to send
us your comments or questions if you have any.
ESL All Team
1- The English Blog
The English Blog: A high-quality English-learning
related blog for teachers and students managed
by Jeffrey Hill. Valuable comments and resources
for English learning. Archives. Links to
other blog sites.
2-The English Blog.com
Blog.com: A place where
English instructors and students meet
to discuss and learn. Covers the field
of English as a whole. Great links and
resources for English as a Second language,
and other related disciplines such as
composition, literature, rhetoric and
linguistics. Also features ESL Coffeetalk,
ESL Forum Buzz, and Scattergories. Edited
by Lee Hobbs.
3- ESL Lesson Plans
ESL Lesson Plans: Lesson
plans, teaching locales, tips, tricks and
budgeting advice mostly for novice and veteran
ESL instructors, but also contains very interesting
material for ESL students. Features Recent
Entries, ESL Jobs, Hot Discussion Topics,
and Cool Links. Edited by Carol Rueckert.
4- Technology for Business English
Te4Be.com: Ideas and observations about
the day-to-day teaching of Business English
as well as site visitors comments and experiences.
Includes the following sections: Teachers,
Technology, Web Links, Students, and FAQ.
Edited by Barney Barrett and Pete Sharma.
5- Where Are the Business English Blogs?
Business English Blogs: A list of high-quality
blogsites for those who are interested in
6- English 360
English 360: Ideas,
reflections and conversation about language
learning and teaching, business and communication,
entrepreneurship and technology.
Doctor English your ESL and English language
learning specialist. Ask whatever you like
about the English language. Doctor English
is an ESL Teacher, based in Vancouver, BC,
learners and teachers online blog. Ideas,
thoughts, uses of English and other language-learning
related issues. Features many discusion categories,
ESL archives and links to other blogs. Very
useful material for language learners.
Englastuces: A very interesting blogsite
for ESL learners. Contains general thoughts
and ideas on language learning as well as
great language links. Featured sections are:
Dictionaries and References, ESL Learners,
ESL Teachers, Quizzes and Exercises, Links
to other Blogs on the web, and a lot more.
Internet TESL Journal Blog Section
The Internet TESL
Journal: For those of you
who would like to explore more blogsites
not listed in this newsletter, here's an
interesting collection of blog-related links
of interest to teachers and students of English
as a Second Language.